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Whether you’ve been cooking for decades or you’ve recently developed a passion for creating your own delicious meals at home, the chances are you’re always on the hunt for new and exciting recipes.
This is especially true if you’re planning your menu for the entire day, or if you’ve got a dinner party that you’d like to use as an opportunity to amaze your friends and family with your cooking skills.
To help you in your quest for culinary perfection, we’ve put together a list of top Kitchen Community recipes. From the first meal you cook in the morning, to the indulgent last course of the day, you’re guaranteed to find a recipe that you’ll love.
You might even find something that you’ve never tried before which, for any food-lover, is akin to stumbling across a hidden treasure. As always know your measurements like how many ounces in a shot and use the appropriate cutting tools. Also, find a good cheese grater. It's not only for cheese.
And if you need placemats we can help too.
Starting Your Day Off Right
Let’s kick things off by taking a look at the most important meal of the day. A good, hearty breakfast will give you the energy and mental focus you need to tackle whatever the day decides to throw at you.
No matter how much you love food, many people still find it quite difficult to find the time to make themselves breakfast in the morning.
It’s for this reason that the first recipe on our list is Fluffy Pancakes with Pancake Mix. This recipe isn’t only delicious, but it’s super-speedy. You can always have breakfast for dinner too! A camping breakfast can be very hearty.
From start to finish, you’ll only need to allocate a total of 20 minutes to get a stack of pancakes that the whole family will love. Check out this small compact toaster comparison as well.
What’s more, the topping possibilities are endless when it comes to pancakes.
You can scatter some fresh fruit such as blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries over the top if you’d like to try and get some more fruit into your diet.
Or, for a more indulgent weekend treat, you drizzle them with maple syrup or chocolate sauce!
These pancakes are also delicious when served with bacon and maple syrup. It might seem like an odd combination, but the sweet and salty flavors come together to create something that is truly sensational.
If you like the idea of a stack of pancakes to start your morning off right, but you’d prefer something with a little more crunch, waffles are an excellent choice.
But, imagine the disappointment of craving waffles and finding that you’ve run out of milk!
Luckily, our Light & Crispy Waffles Without Milk recipe is here to save the day! Simply switching milk for water will give you those perfect waffles you’ve been dreaming of. You can also use buttermilk for extra yum.
We’ve also got you covered if you’ve got everything you need to make delicious, crispy waffles without baking powder.
Just like pancakes, the possibilities are almost endless when it comes to choosing a waffle topping. Fresh fruit, chocolate, peanut butter, or bacon, and maple syrup are all fantastic choices.
You can also go full Leslie Knope of ‘Parks and Rec’ fame, and slather them in lashings of whipped cream!
Or, if you have a particularly sweet tooth and simply can’t get through your mornings without a little sugar to help you on your way, French toast is a great breakfast option.
However, while most French toast recipes call for vanilla extract, this does limit the number of topping possibilities you have. Pairing bacon with vanilla, for example, may not be to everybody’s taste!
If you’d like to treat yourself to French toast for breakfast, but you don’t want that hint of vanilla, our recipe for French Toast Without Vanilla is an essential addition to your collection.
Cinnamon rolls are also a good choice for anybody who needs a hit of sweetness in the morning.
But, if you’d like to try and make them that little bit healthier, try this recipe for Cinnamon Roll Icing without Powdered Sugar.
A bagel covered with lashings of cream cheese is another fantastic way to start your day.
However, it can be quite hard when you take it out of the refrigerator and not many people have the time to contend with it in the rush of the morning.
This doesn’t mean you have to go without, though! Instead, check out these tips on How to Soften Cream Cheese Quickly.
You can also really impress by serving a classic American breakfast. The components can differ depending on your personal tastes, but if you’d like to know the possibilities and combinations available to you, take a look at this Ultimate Guide to an American Breakfast.
Within this, you’ll also find a recipe that teaches you how to make American Breakfast Pancakes from scratch.
Lunches, Dinners, & Dinner Party Meals That Will Amaze Your Guests
Whether you’re cooking just for yourself, or you have a large family to feed, creating a home cooked meal comes with multiple rewards.
You’ll know exactly what ingredients have been used, so there’s no need to worry about preservatives or additives. You’ll have more control over allergies and preferences, too. I have to say I'm really developing a love of Korean black bean noodles or Jajangmyeon for lunch. It's so much better than regular ramen and is more versatile.
And, you’ll have that rewarding feeling of satisfaction as you watch everybody devour your meals with gusto.
The same principle applies to any dinner parties you’re throwing. If you have a guest with a food intolerance, or you’ve invited a particularly fussy eater to dinner, home cooking gives you the opportunity to create the perfect meal.
You’ll also be able to bathe in the glow of success that comes from the praise that your guests will shower you in when they can’t quite believe that you cooked something so delicious in your very own kitchen. For lunch don't forget about hard salami or Genoa salami, yum!
Below, we’ve put together a collection of our favorite recipes that are ideal for solo meals, family cooking, and dinner parties. Make sure you know the difference between heavy cream vs heavy whipping cream.
And, to make things even easier, we’ve broken these recipes down into different categories. This gives you the opportunity to find the perfect recipe in line with what you’d like to eat, or what you know your family and guests will love.
Breaking things down into these categories also gives you the ability to create a recipe using any leftover ingredients in your refrigerator. Don't forget the brie. My family loves Muenster cheese too.
This is something that many people are striving to do in a bid to reduce their food wastage and, ultimately, their carbon footprint. Try adding ripe pineapple to your recipe. It's a tasty treat.
If you're looking for something more continental, try an Italian breakfast.
And if you enjoy Indian food, take a look at Indian side dishes. Something to please every palate is on the list.
Let’s start by taking a look at one of the most popular ingredients used in any cuisine. Chicken can be turned into so many different dishes that the possibilities are practically endless. If you're frying chicken, make sure you have a good deep fryer pot or pan for deep frying.
It also absorbs flavor like no other type of meat, making it one of the best ingredients to use if you’d like to put more of a focus on the flavor that the other ingredients you’re using are bringing to your dish.
If you’re looking for a quick, easy dish that you can throw together after a long day at work, this recipe for Pan-Seared Chicken Breast is perfect and it takes only 15 minutes from start to finish.
This recipe for Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Chicken is also a great choice if you’re short on time. It’s big on flavor, using ingredients such as garlic, parmesan cheese, and black pepper.
It’s also got a comforting, thick texture provided by heavy cream. But, most importantly, it only takes 30 minutes to create.
Pasta dishes are a guaranteed hit with family and friends alike. And, while there is a belief that you need to spend hours watching a pan of ragu simmering and feeding it with herbs and spices, it doesn’t have to be this way!
And, if it’s pasta you’re craving, this Creamy Chicken and Bacon Pasta is another fantastic recipe to try.
Chicken and bacon are perfect flavor partners and work with the notes of garlic, paprika, and Italian seasoning to immediately transport your taste buds to the Mediterranean.
While we’re on the subject of pasta, it’s a good idea to talk about Alfredo sauce. This is commonly used as a pasta sauce and it’s traditionally made using parmesan, eggs, and heavy cream.
However, if you’d like to keep things a little lighter, you can switch the heavy cream for milk. Take a look at this recipe for Alfredo Sauce without Heavy Cream to find out how.
Sticking with an Italian theme, which is always a guaranteed win for any dinner party or family meal, this Parmesan Crusted Chicken is yet another time-saving recipe that everyone will love.
It’s particularly popular with children, so it’s a good one to try if you have a child that is going through the fussy-eater stage.
While the three recipes listed above would be great choices for family meals and dinner parties, you may want to ramp the wow-factor up a little more if you’ve got guests that you’re really trying to impress.
These Rosemary Chicken Thighs look mouth-wateringly good and, more importantly, they taste as good as they look!
These are a good choice if you’d like to go crazy with your side dishes, as they’ll pair perfectly with almost anything. This could be string beans, steamed broccoli, or almost any kind of potato dish.
Let’s take a moment to look at how to cook a chicken. Certain recipes call for a chicken to be par-boiled before being roasted or fried, and this helps to ensure the chicken is thoroughly cooked before serving. Check out smoked turkey too!
If you’re not sure how to go about this process, take a look at this instructional guide on How to Parboil Chicken for Mouth-Watering Dishes.
Beef is another really popular ingredient in many cuisines and, while it is naturally more flavorful than chicken, it is also capable of absorbing and enhancing the flavor of any herbs and spices you use alongside it.
You’ll also be amazed at the huge amount of flavor that these give you, especially if you’ve only ever been used to eating the frozen, grocery store-bought alternatives.
Burritos aren’t as complicated to make as you might think, either. The entire filling goes into one pot, which helps save on the washing up too!
As with tacos, you’ve got a lot of choice over the other fillings that accompany your beef burrito mix.
Shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and smashed avocado are great for adding extra texture. They are also quite useful if you’re cooking for somebody with a lower tolerance for spice, as they’ll help to cool the burritos down a bit.
If you’re looking for something a little more traditional, but still want to impress, you can’t go wrong with a simple sirloin steak.
Serve it alongside some fries and a side salad, and you’ve got a really easy-to-make dish that will look as though you’ve put a ton of effort into it.
When is comes to burgers, make sure you know how to grill burgers. A burger grill time chart is very helpful.
Or, if you’d really like to go the extra mile and create a home cooked sirloin steak dish that is packed with flavor, this recipe for Ginger-Maple Steak is definitely one to try out.
It’s also accompanied by Napa cabbage and grilled onions, which give it that extra-special finishing touch.
You can also find some fantastic tips on how to cook a sirloin steak perfectly here.
Perhaps you want to gather your family together on a Sunday afternoon for a weekly catch-up where all technology is banned. In theory, this is a great way to reconnect.
But, in reality, you’ll need to have a dish on the table that catches their attention and that is delicious enough to stop them from running back to their smartphones.
This is where a Bottom-Round Roast needs to be your weapon of choice. This cut of beef is succulent and full of natural flavor. It also requires hardly any extra ingredients as the flavor of the beef itself shines all on its own.
Serve with multiple sides, such as mashed potatoes, honey-glazed carrots, broccoli, and string beans.
Your family will be so focused on the delicious meal you’ve put in front of them, that they may not even realize you’ve placed them on a temporary digital detox!
Don’t let these side dishes play second fiddle to your roast beef, though. Take your eye off them for longer than you meant to and you could be serving overcooked (or worse, undercooked) dishes!
This is especially important if you’re serving mashed potatoes, which are the one side dish that everybody usually heads straight for.
A beautifully cooked Beef Wellington would also be a good tool for keeping your family engaged in what they are eating, and there are lots of delicious side dishes that accompany Beef Wellington perfectly.
We couldn’t talk about beef without giving a mention to meatloaf. This has been a family favorite for generations, and it’s one of those nostalgic meals that will take you straight back to your childhood as soon as you taste it! Also look at cooking frozen lasagna faster.
Take a look at this recipe for Meatloaf without Breadcrumbs to learn how to make it. It’s also a good choice if you’ve got everything you need except breadcrumbs.
Pork is one of the most forgotten-about meats when it comes to home cooking, with many people navigating straight to chicken or beef as their preferred ingredient.
This may be because there is a bit of a myth surrounding pork, with many people believing that it’s difficult to cook. But this really isn’t the case.
Pork has a natural, slightly salty flavor that you can use to enhance the flavor of your dish.
It’s not so salty that it drowns other ingredients out, though. This makes it a great choice of meat for many different types of cuisine.
Take this Pork Chops in a Creamy White Wine Sauce, for example. Not only is it incredibly easy to cook, but it’s full of flavor provided by Italian herbs, garlic, onion, and white wine sauce.
One of the things that many home cooks struggle with when it comes to pork is what to serve it with.
Again, this fear is unfounded, as it can be served with exactly the same kind of side dishes you’d use for chicken or roasted beef.
In fact, there are some side dishes that go incredibly well with pork and help to enhance its delicious, natural flavor. These include:
Another fantastic flavor combination that is perfect for pork is honey and balsamic vinegar. The sweetness of the honey and the sourness of the balsamic vinegar work in harmony with the natural saltiness of the pork to create something that is truly magnificent.
This recipe for Honey Balsamic Pork Chops is a great one to try if you’re a little hesitant about prepping pork, as it only takes 15 minutes to put together.
It also has a delicious sauce that is packed with flavor and will leave your family or your dinner party guests hounding you for a second helping.
If you’re looking for maximum flavor, these Pork Chops with Garlic Mushrooms are also a fantastic choice.
Alongside this recipe, you’ll also find everything you need to help you cook your pork perfectly, and stop it from going dry or chewy.
Pork chops are one of the most versatile cuts of meat available, and they absolutely drink up any flavors that you use to cook them with.
Below, you’ll find some more pork chop recipes that are guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds:
- Easy Pan-Seared Pork Chops
- Pan-Fried Pork Chops with Honey Lime Glaze
- Instant Pot Creamy Pork Chops
- Pork Chops in Brown Sugar and Wine Glaze
- Bacon and Mushroom Smothered Pork Chops
- Boneless Pork Chops in Creamy Irish Whiskey Sauce
While each of the recipes above calls for pork chops, if you’re really looking to impress, then cooking a whole pork loin is the way to go.
Again, there’s nothing to be scared of here and, arguably, it’s even easier than cooking a joint of beef or a whole chicken. This is because it doesn’t require regular monitoring or basting.
This recipe for Brown Sugar Dijon Glazed Pork is a fantastic one to try if you’d like to try cooking a pork loin.
Not only is it straightforward, but the combination of salty pork and sweet brown sugar work perfectly together.
Finished with a hit of dijon mustard, it’s unlike anything you’ve tried before and is guaranteed to get you thinking about pork in a whole new way.
As with all types of meat, there are many different cuts to choose from when you’re looking at pork.
One of the most overlooked cuts is the jowl, which comes from the pig’s cheek. It would be easy to think of this as a cut that should be discarded, but it’s actually packed with flavor.
Some fantastic pork jowl recipes can be found here, including Thai Pork Jowls, Sweet, Savoury, and Spice Pork Jowls, and a British Pork Jowl Bacon Sarnie.
Sausages are also a great pork-based ingredient that can be incorporated into almost any meal. If you’re looking for something extra special, however, we recommend trying Italian sausages.
They have a slight taste of fennel or anise that gives them a certain tang. They can also be cooked in a variety of ways, and this guide on How to Cook the Perfect Succulent Italian Sausage will show you each of them.
One fantastic way of using pork sausage is to add them into a comforting pasta dish, and this recipe for Pasta with Vodka Sauce will show you exactly how to do it.
It would also be foolish to not give a mention to bacon, here. Potentially the most famous of all pork cuts, bacon can be used in almost every course.
It’s even started finding its way into sweet dishes, such as maple syrup and bacon cupcakes. The versatility of bacon also means it can be cooked in a variety of different ways including frying and in the oven.
While pork isn’t a particularly unhealthy meat, if you’re looking for a super healthy pork recipe we’d recommend these Creamy Pork Chops.
They are low carb and gluten-free, so they’re also a great choice for anybody with a gluten intolerance or allergy.
Whichever pork recipe you decide upon, it’s always going to be the star of the show. However, it does need something to accompany it to make the meal complete. Also make sure you freeze your cooked ham.
If you’re wondering what to serve alongside pork, take a look at these Delicious Timeless Pork Side Dish Recipes. Also check out leftover pork recipes. They're great. Another great pork option is side dishes for ribs. Yum!
Like pork, seafood is another ingredient that many people are scared to include in their home cooking or when they are catering a dinner party.
But imagine how pleased you’ll feel if you’re able to convert somebody who hates fish into a seafood lover! Remember, canned tuna is a great option for fresh tuna if cooked correctly. Just make sure you don't have bad canned tuna.
One of the best fish to attempt doing this with is salmon. Its meaty texture gives it some substance. And, as a food lover, you’ll find it hard to resist the lure of its coral-pink appearance.
The flavor of salmon isn’t overly ‘fishy’, either. But, if you still have concerns over the flavor, try a recipe such as this Baked Cajun Salmon.
The mixture of spices, lemon juice, garlic, and parsley all come together to work with the natural flavor of the salmon while muting its ‘fishiness’ at the same time.
If you simply can’t stand the idea of using fish in your cooking, or you know that you’ll be cooking for someone with a particularly strong aversion to fish, shrimp is another great seafood choice. Make sure your shrimp is fresh and properly stored.
This recipe for Hawaiian Shrimp is light and packed with flavors that will remind you of summer.
It also makes a great appetizer, so if you’re hosting a dinner party and want to include multiple courses, this is a good one for whetting your guest’s appetites without filling them up too soon.
Shrimp is also a surprisingly versatile ingredient that can be paired with other foods that might surprise you. It’s great with chicken, chorizo, and almost every type of vegetable.
Not to mention it goes with pasta, rice, couscous, noodles. Practically anything, really! It can also be cooked in a variety of ways, including on the stove.
This recipe for Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage shows you another surprising way to use prawns.
It’s also really lovely as a main dish at a beach-themed dinner party, or simply as a midweek treat to congratulate yourself on getting past hump-day.
Calamari is another favorite seafood dish and it can even be cooked from frozen in a variety of ways to give it an extra dimension of flavor. This recipe for Sauteed Chili Calamari is definitely one to try if you’re a squid fan.
If you’re really looking for a way to impress your dinner guests, or if you simply want to treat yourself to something a little different at the end of a busy week, crab legs are a guaranteed hit. Don't forget the salmon prep.
However, if you’re not sure how to cook them, check out these Tips & Tricks for Steaming Crab Legs.
Don't forget the Sushi or Sashimi. They're an acquired taste.
And what about a Louisiana Crawfish Boil. Now that's tasty.
And if you enjoy scallops, here's a nice post on what to serve with scallops.
An increasing number of people have started turning to plant-based diets as the amount of evidence the food industry has on the Earth’s climate continues to grow.
If you’re looking to eat less meat, or you’re cooking for somebody following the vegetarian lifestyle, there are some fantastic recipes you should try out.
They are also quick and easy to cook and, as long as you use noodles that are made from plant-based ingredients, it’s easy to transform this dish into a vegan meal as well.
Beets are a great plant-based ingredient that can be used as the main star of the show, as well as a side dish. Try using banana peppers or pepperoncini peppers.
However, many people shy away from beets as they simply aren’t 100% certain on how to cook them, which is a real shame as their delicious, earthy flavor is something that should never be missed out on.
So, if you’d like to include more beets in your plant-based diet, take a look at this guide on How to Cook Beets.
Following a plant-based diet doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on dessert, either. Don't forget the sweet potatoes.
If you’re cooking for vegan friends or you’re simply trying to eat more plant-based meals yourself, finish your dinner party off with a serving of this delicious Ice Cream without Cream.
There may come a time when you and your family are craving the sort of food you would usually order in from your favorite take out restaurant.
But, as with processed foods and convenience meals you’d buy from a grocery store, you still can’t be 100% certain of the ingredients.
This is one of the reasons why creating your own ‘Fake-Out’ is becoming a popular trend. As with all home cooking, you have more control over the ingredients and the portion sizes.
It’s also much more cost-effective. Why pay upwards of $7 per dish when you can make it yourself at home for a portion of the price?!
What’s more, cooking your own favorite take out dishes at home is a great way to expand your culinary horizons.
They are a lot like the California Rolls that you’re probably used to eating, but instead of using crab, they contain poached shrimp. This keeps the cost down while keeping the flavor big!
Of course, no Japanese take out ever consists of just one type of sushi. So, to add a little more variety to your homemade fake-out, you could also make these Dragon Rolls.
Crab sticks, avocado, and sushi rice are the main elements, but you can also play around with different variations. A privilege you’re not afforded when you order from a set menu!
Sticking with a theme of Asian-inspired cuisine, this Healthy Ramen Noodle Stir Fry is another fantastic take out alternative that you can make in your own kitchen.
You’re also only looking at around 394kcal per serving with this recipe, too. This makes it an ideal choice for anybody trying to eat a little healthier, but not wanting to sacrifice their favorite foods.
If the Colonel and his fried chicken are calling out to you, you’ve also got a couple of good take-out alternatives that will save you money and give you more control over the ingredients.
These Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders with Mayo have a super-satisfying crunch that is guaranteed to appease your fried-chicken cravings. And, since they are baked instead of fried, they are a much healthier alternative.
Or, if you’re a huge fan of Ranch dressing (and, let’s face it, who isn’t?!) these Baked Ranch Chicken Breasts are a real treat that is unlike anything you’ll find on a regular take out menu.
If the reason you’re tempted by a takeout meal is simply that you don’t have the time to cook from scratch, try cooking this recipe for Corned Beef with Cabbage.
It’s super healthy and, most importantly, requires very little effort. Simply add all of your ingredients to a slow cooker and it will do the rest for you.
Craving the fiery heat of chipotle is another reason why many people turn to ordering takeout. But, did you know that it’s actually really easy to make your own at home?
Whether you're cooking chicken, beef, fish, or something plant-based, giving your ingredients a good coating of Homemade Chipotle Seasoning is a great alternative to an expensive take out.
It’s not only dishes that you can order-in that are easy to replicate in your own kitchen.
If you’re craving that famous Olive Garden salad, but don’t want to make the trip, you can make your own copycat version by following this recipe.
Another ingredient that you’ll see more commonly on a restaurant menu than in your grocery store is rabbit. If you’ve eaten rabbit before, you’ll know that it has a rich, gamey flavor and a texture that isn’t dissimilar to chicken.
This recipe for Rabbit in Wine Sauce is an excellent one to try if you’d like to recreate a restaurant- standard rabbit dish in your own home.
So, save yourself some money the next time you have that take out craving, and try one of the recipes above instead! If you're looking to save money there is always cup noodles too! You can always reheat fries in the microwave as well.
Sweet Treats & Delicious Desserts
Let’s be honest. No dinner party or family meal is complete without something sweet to eat at the end of it.
Lots of people struggle when it comes to thinking up and creating the perfect, delicious dessert, though.
This is fair, as many recipes call for an exact measurement while cooking main courses allows you to be a little more flexible, tasting, and adjusting as you go.
There’s no need to go to a great amount of effort when it comes to dessert, though. Take this Jello Chocolate Pudding Pie No Bake Chocolate Dessert as a prime example.
It’s incredibly easy to make, takes only a matter of minutes to whip up, and it can be frozen. This means you can make it in advance, or even make a whole batch, and keep them on hand for the future.
Like the idea of a no-bake dessert but want something a little more ‘showy’? This No Bake Oreo Dessert with Cream Cheese and Cool Whip will become your new, go-to recipe when you want to make a show-stopping dinner party dessert.
It’s also a great alternative to a traditional birthday cake. So, if you’d like to mix it up a bit this year, or you simply can’t be bothered to bake, cool, and frost an entire birthday cake, this is a great way to impress and save time.
If you’re cooking for somebody with a dairy allergy, you may think that your options are limited. But, this isn’t necessarily true.
This recipe for Fudge Cake without Condensed Milk can be adapted to exclude all forms of dairy without sacrificing any flavor.
Of course, if you really struggle with desserts and want to make things as easy for yourself as possible, you can adapt a store-bought cake and put your own stamp on it using this recipe for Homemade Chocolate Frosting.
This is also really useful for covering a baking attempt that has gone a little wrong, as the thick, chocolatey paste will cover a multitude of sins! So does whipped cream.
It doesn’t always have to be a huge dessert that satisfies your guests' need for sweetness, though. These Sugar Cookies without Butter are the perfect accompaniment to after-dinner coffee. Also check out Sugar Cookie recipe without baking powder.
They are also vegan, so they would make a good option for any vegan dinner guests or anybody with a milk allergy.
If those don’t quite fit the bill, why not give these Oatmeal Cookies without Brown Sugar a try.
Switching the brown sugar for white gives them a little extra fluffiness, which is ideal for satisfying that sweet craving after dinner without becoming over full. Don't forget to use molasses when needed.
Or, if you’re looking for ultimate convenience, these No Bake Cookies are the ideal after-dinner treat. As their name suggests, you don’t even need to switch your oven on to make these.
Simply combine all of the ingredients together, shape them, and pop them in your refrigerator. It really couldn’t be easier.
You can also whip up a sweet treat even if you’re short on certain ingredients. These Chocolate Chip Cookies without Baking Soda or Powder are the perfect choice if you’ve forgotten to pick up either ingredient on your last visit to the grocery store.
Or, if you’re out of vanilla extract, follow this recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies without Vanilla to find out what you can substitute it for.
It’s also possible to make Banana Bread without Baking Soda, which is ideal if you’re craving this delicious sweet treat, but you’re short on ingredients. When baking you can always spice things up by adding colors to your frosting and batters.
Cook dough is another delicious dessert that is loved by adults and children alike. However, there can be some hesitation when it comes to making it and serving it to guests, as the raw eggs that are usually called for can create concern over food poisoning.
But, there is a way you can have your cookie dough and eat it. Follow this recipe for Edible Cookie Dough and give your guests a delicious, nostalgic treat without worrying about giving them salmonella!
Finally, presenting a glorious cheesecake at the end of a meal is a sure-fire way to bring a smile to everybody’s face. Don't forget the caster sugar.
Cheesecake traditionally calls for the inclusion of sour cream, however, it’s not actually an essential ingredient.
If you don’t like sour cream, or if you simply don’t have any, take a look at this recipe for Cheesecake without Sour Cream.
If you're in the mood for something more international, try Chinese desserts. They're very filing.
Certain foods go hand in hand with the holidays that map out the year. Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without a turkey as the centerpiece, and Independence Day without hotdogs is something that should never be considered!
You do, however, need to make sure that the food you’re serving at each special occasion is perfect, and we’re here to help you do that.
Let’s start with the 4th of July celebrations. As we know, hot dogs are a must.
But, if you’re unsure of the best way to cook them, or you’re simply wanting to try something else, follow this guide on How to Boil Hot Dogs. Using this guide, you’ll learn how to cook hot dogs using three different techniques.
You also need to serve a variety of different drinks to keep your guests refreshed when you’re hosting a party. And, on the 4th of July, nothing quite beats a delicious cocktail.
To save yourself time, however, it’s a good idea to make a large quantity of cocktails that everybody can help themselves to. This is known as an Irish Trash Can.
Below, you’ll find 8 different Irish Trash Can recipes that will really help get your party swinging:
- The Irish Trash Can
- Orange Trash Can
- Apple Jacks Trash Can
- Jungle Juice
- Trash Can Lemonade
- Fruit Punch
- Grateful Dead Trash Can
- Bucanero Trash Can
Don't forget your Captain Morgan Spiced Rum. Yum
Now, let’s look at that famous Thanksgiving turkey! There are a ton of different recipes to choose from, but if you’re after simplicity and great results, we’d recommend cooking individual turkey breasts rather than an entire bird.
This is much easier, will save you loads of time, and helps to reduce your food waste. Check out this guide on How to Roast A Boneless Turkey Breast and your friends and family will be blown away by both its flavor and succulence.
Food For Thought
Home cooking is fun and, when you find the right recipes, you can enjoy food from all over the world.
Each of the recipes we’ve listed above is great for broadening your culinary horizons and, ultimately, they’ll teach you new things about flavors and cooking techniques.
One thing that you should always remember when you’re looking for recipes to add to your collection is not to dismiss something that you wouldn’t usually cook. Home cooking is all about trying new things, after all.
So, if seafood is something that you would normally avoid based solely on a past experience, we would recommend that you give it another try. You may just surprise yourself!
It’s also worth remembering that the food you make doesn’t always have to be universally appealing.
If you’ve seen a recipe above that you know you would love to try, but your family would be unlikely to eat it, keep a note of it and cook it for yourself one day.
Most importantly, however, make sure that the recipes you’re choosing are going to be fun to make!
If you’re just starting out on your home cooking journey, go for something a little more simple, to begin with.
Doing this will stop you from getting overwhelmed when you’re cooking and taking all of the fun out of it.
Start small and, eventually, you’ll be moving onto more complex recipes that you can use to really impress your friends and family.